Plaza Nariño, Pasto's main plaza. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visit Pasto and Laguna La Cocha

Many people overlook unassuming Pasto, set in the verdant Valle de Atriz with the deceivingly gentle, sloping Volcán Galeras watching over it. But both it and the stunning Nariño countryside deserve your time and attention. Spend your time visiting museums and sights that will keep you intellectually stimulated for more than a couple days, and make sure you take the delightful excursion to Laguna La Cocha.

Plaza Botero. Photo © Guía de Viajes Oficial de Medellín, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Downtown Medellín Walking Tour

Medellín’s brash downtown is a compact history tour comprising stoic remnants from the colonial era, brick and mortar evidence of Medellín’s rising as Colombia’s most important industrial center in the early 20th century, and the vibrant public spaces, modern transportation systems, and futuristic architecture showing this proud city’s 21st-century optimism.

Double-striped thick knee bird. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Plan a Visit to Hacienda La Aurora, Colombia

Hacienda La Aurora is in many ways a typical extensive cattle-ranching farm of the Llanos. In many others, it isn’t at all. Here’s what you need to know to plan a visit, including when to go, where to stay, what to do, and the amazing wildlife you’ll see.

Los Lanceros, the memorial sculpture of the Batalla del Pantano de Vargas. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visiting Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander

Located north of Bogotá, the mountainous departments of Boyacá, Santander, and Norte de Santander are rich in history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities. Learn about the area and how to plan your time to make the most of your visit.

The picturesque Río Magdalena runs through Mompox. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Sights in Mompox, Colombia

Mompox is what Cartagena looked like before it became a tourist destination, and it’s hard to deny the melancholic charm this oppressively hot town retains even today. The attraction here is strolling the wide streets, admiring the magnificent whitewashed houses decorated with intricate iron latticework, and watching the river flow by. There are also a few historical sights–plazas, churches, museums–to explore.

The port of Bahía Solano. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to Do in Bahía Solano, Colombia

With a fully walkable town, hiking, nearby beaches, excellent diving and whale-watching excursions, and as the sport-fishing capital of Colombia, Bahía Solano is excellent place to base your explorations.

Hang loose and kick back at the Humpback Turtle hostel in Playa Almejal. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Where to Eat and Stay in El Valle, Colombia

El Valle is an authentic fishing community in Colombia. Here are things to do on your visit, from yearly festivals to local daily habits, interesting places to stay, from hostels to private cabins, and the best places to grab a snack or meal.

The picturesque Valle de Cocora and its famous wax palms. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Exploring Valle de Cocora, Colombia

Expert author Andrew Dier presents the best ways to experience Colombia’s Valle de Cocora for everybody from casual afternoon travelers to day-hike enthusiasts.

The colorful town of Jardín in southern Antioquia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to See and Do in Jardín, Colombia

While the main selling points of Jardín are its good looks, nearby tropical forests and cloud forests–home to natural attractions such as the Caverna El Esplendor and the ProAves bird-watching reserve–provide good excuses for lacing up those hiking boots.

The jagged Cerro Tatamá (4,250 meters/13,945 feet) is the highest point in the Cordillera Occidental.

Visit Parque Municipal Natural Planes de San Rafael

Located in the remote, little visited Cordillera Occidental (Western Mountains), the Tatamá Massif contains one of the world’s few remaining pristine páramos (highland moors). Access to Tatamá is through the Parque Municipal Natural Planes de San Rafael, a cloud forest where the main activities are nature hikes conducted by friendly and knowledgeable guides.